A Closer Look at Paprika
A Closer Look at Paprika
When cooking there are certain seasonings we tend to reach for more often than others. We use different seasoning blends which are quite popular these days, as well as different seasoned salts. Whatever those are, and then there’s our old faithful; salt and pepper. The majority of the time we may not be sure exactly what the seasoning’s actual ingredients are or how they should be used. Here, we will discuss paprika spice. This seasoning is used often but what should we be using it for exactly? Can we add it to everything? Let’s discuss this.
What is it? Paprika is Hungarian for pepper. It’s a versatile, brightly colored red-orange spice that comes from a variety of chili, bell, sweet and tomato peppers. The color comes from carotene which is rich in vitamin C. Assortments of peppers are sun-dried or smoked and ground or milled into a fine and tasty powder.
Types and Varieties
Varieties of paprika spice vary in color and taste. Some are sweeter in flavor while others have more of a spicy taste and are darker and richer in flavor. Commonly used varieties are Hungarian, Spanish which can be smoked or non-smoked.
Hungarian Paprika Spice- This version is non-smoked and carefully cured for several weeks in the sun until dried then finely ground by experienced spice millers.
Spanish varieties – Can be smoked or non-smoked. Peppers are smoked over oak logs for two weeks with the best Spanish varieties being slowly turned by hand in some cases. This more in-depth process will make for a more deep and richer flavor. Very impressive.
Reasons To Use
If you’re not convinced by now to go out and get your best version of this flavorful spice, here are more reasons you may want to consider:
1. It contains vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin B and iron
2. May improve vision being filled with carotenoids
3. Is said to help reduce inflammation
4. May help control blood sugar levels
5. Promotes healthy blood flow because of natural vitamin E and iron
This versatile spice is used to add depth and smokiness to any savory dish. It’s also used frequently to add color and richness to different sauces, soups, and gravies, and also makes an amazing garnish when sprinkled over potato salads and soups. You’ll want to be sure to store it in a cool and dry place for freshness and prevent discoloration.
Paprika adds versatility to your meals and is an excellent addition to your spice cabinet. Read more articles here! Also, there are a lot of amazing recipes and suggested uses available for you to check out here to learn more.